Stakes milestone for Not A Single Doubt

Almost seven years after Not A Single Doubt opened his stakes account as a sire, Scales Of Justice brought up his milestone 90th stakes victory in Saturday’s $150,000 WATC Hyperion S. 1600m G3 at Belmont in Perth.

Sent out as odds-on favourite, Scales Of Justice took early control of the race, and out-classed his eight rivals to win by three lengths in 1:37.53. 

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC Hyperion S. G3.

 It was the 4YO gelding’s eighth career win and his third Group victory for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews, following last November’s Railway S. G1 and R.J. Peters S. G3. His consistency is as impressive as his rise to Group 1 class: he’s won or placed in all of his 16 starts since his juvenile debut win two years ago and garnered prizemoney of more than $1.2 million.

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales Of Justice was bought for $180,000 by agent Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and trainer Lindsey Smith at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He’s the sixth and last foal of his dam Beymatilla (by Umatilla), but fortunately, the Hammonds are breeding from his close relation, Another Show (Al Maher-Beymatilla).

Find out why Gerard & Kathy Hammond chose Not A Single Doubt for Beymatilla.

Not A Single Doubt has followed up his spectacular 2015/16 season with career-best numbers in most categories, including 15 winners of 25 stakes races (including 2YO Qiji Phoenix in New Zealand) and four Group 1 winners: Secret Agenda, Clearly Innocent, Extreme Choice & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s $11.1 million earnings this season give him fourth position on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, between Fastnet Rock and I Am Invincible, but when it comes to stakeswinners & stakes wins, he is headed only his Arrowfield barnmate, Snitzel.

Smart Missile's three-state success

Second season sire Smart Missile enjoyed success in three states on Saturday, including two city winners, a new stakes performer and an eye-catching runner-up at Caulfield.  All four horses have big Spring prizes in their sights.

The day began with Jonathan Munz’s home-bred 3YO filly Exocet (ex Crillon by Zabeel), who progressed in style from her maiden win at Geelong earlier this month to a 2.3 length win over 1400 metres at Caulfield.

Watch Exocet win at Caulfield.

Co-trainer Lee Freedman confirmed that the filly’s main Spring target is the VRC Oaks G1, with her lead-up race still undecided.  He said, “One way or another we’ll try and get her there. She’s improving all the time and has got a sharp turn of foot.”

Twenty minutes later Arrowfield’s own runner Hair Trigger (ex Touch of Greatness by Don Eduardo) was a close third to Guard of Honour and Flash Fibian in the $100,000 ATC Heritage S. 1100m LR. Bred by Gooree Park Stud and trained by James Cummings, he’s Smart Missile’s 7th stakes performer.

Back at Caulfield, Rocketeer (ex Some Girls Do by More Than Ready) split the favourite Harlow Gold and Kaching in the 1600-metre National Jockey Trust Plate. He has stepped up with confidence into city company since his maiden win last month and, like Hair Trigger, is nominated for the $500,000 Caulfield Classic G3 on 15 October.

Rocketeer is trained by Mick Price for by a group of owners including Segenhoe Thoroughbreds.

Smart Missile’s fruitful day ended at Belmont in Perth where Simon Miller sent out Royal Missile (ex Spirit of Grace by Dr Grace) to down the hot favourite Bonny Be Good in a 3YO maiden plate over 1300 metres.

Watch Royal Missile win at Belmont.

Perth Racing presenter Adam McGrath reported on Twitter that Miller has a big opinion of Royal Missile and will aim her at the $200,000 WA Champion Fillies S. 1600m G3 on 12 November.

Smart Missile leads the Australian Second Season Sires’ table by winners with 11, and is second on the earnings list with $375,323 – less than $40,000 behind Foxwedge.

Redoute's Choice leads on stakes wins

With just over two weeks left of 2014/15, Redoute’s Choice is Australia’s leading sire by Southern Hemisphere stakes wins for the season.

5YO gelding Rock Magic took the champion sire’s current season tally of stakes wins to 25 with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s WATC Beaufine S. 1000m LR for a large group of owners including John, Michael & trainer Chris Gangemi.

It was Rock Magic’s ninth success and second Listed stakes win this term in a 21-start, $356,000 career that began two years ago with Paul Messara, who trained him for his breeders Arrowfield & John Leaver.

Paul says, “It’s great to see Chris, his family & fellow owners achieving success with Rock Magic who always showed ability and won his first three starts for us, including two in Sydney. He’s thrived in Perth and has boosted the record of his Group 1-winning dam who’s booked to Olympic Glory this Spring.”

Rock Magic is the second foal of Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow), winner of six races including the Te Aroha JC New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1.

Redoute’s Choice has been represented this season by 15 individual stakeswinners (9 colts & geldings, 6 fillies & mares) from his 2008-2012 crops. Ten of them have succeeded in Group company, with five (Lankan Rupee, Majmu, Bonaria, Hampton Court and Wylie Hall) winning 7 Group 1 races. That makes it his best Group 1 season since 2006/07 when five of his progeny won 8 races at that level.

Bonaria, Hampton Court & Wylie Hall have retired to stud, but champion sprinter Lankan Rupee and talented Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick remain in training and there’s plenty of serious new talent ready to light up the new season. 

Thewizardofoz has already lit up Hong Kong racing and won the Champion Griffin title after three dominant wins in May and June. His progression through the ratings is comparable to two-time Horse of the Year Silent Witness at the same stage.

Among Redoute’s Choice’s rising 3YOs, King’s Troop, a three-quarter brother to Snitzel, could not have been more impressive when winning a trial at Rosehill by 7 lengths last week. Sydney winners Counterattack & Raphael’s Cat and the fillies Reemah & Regatta Rebel (in Australia) and Shaama & Zappy Choice (in South Africa) also look capable of making their mark next season.